of Freemasonry in Ontario for Everyone
Freemasonry is the world's oldest and largest
fraternal organization. Today, there are more than four million Masons
worldwide, and some two million in North America. They come from every walk of
life, from many religions and many diverse ideologies. All believe in the
existence of a Supreme Being and meet as friends and brothers, in peace and
This is one of the great fascinations of Masonry and one of its great
Dedicated to the Brotherhood of Man, Freemasonry's
singular purpose is to make good men better. Not better than someone else, but
better within themselves. Masonry teaches that each person has an obligation to
make a difference for good.
Freemasonry is kindness in the home, honesty in
business, courtesy in society, fairness in work, concern for the unfortunate and
respect for one another.
IS A WAY OF LIFE.
Masonry a secret society?
No! It does have some modes of recognition, but
most Masons do not hide their membership, or where and when they meet.
Masonry's strength is in helping people.
day in North America, Masons donate over two million dollars to charitable
causes. In Ontario the Masonic Family donates in excess
of three million dollars annually.
is the commitment to humanity that Masons hold so dear. Most of this funding
goes to those who are not Masons.
operate the largest network of hospitals in North America for burned and
orthopaedically impaired children, free of charge.
Scottish Rite Masons maintain a network of some 150 Childhood Language Disorder
Clinics, Centres, and Programmes.
members of the Masonic Family sponsor a variety of philanthropies, including
scholarship and bursary programmes.
Masons perform a variety of public service activities in their community.
foundation of the Masonic Family is the Masonic Lodge. It is here that Masonry
teaches its lessons.
Ontario, there are approximately 64,000 Masons, belonging to some 630 Lodges, in
46 Districts, governed by a Grand Lodge, having its headquarters in Hamilton.
applicants must come of their own free will. They must ask a Mason about
joining, or as we say,
BE ONE – ASK ONE
is no higher degree in Freemasonry than that of Master Mason. When a man has
achieved that status he can broaden his Masonic horizons by participation in
other branches of the Masonic Family, such as;
Scottish Rite, York Rite and the Shrine.
over two centuries the Scottish Rite has been the medium for many Master Masons
to reflect on their understanding of their relationship in their faith, to their
fellow man and themselves. It enables Master Masons to add to their Masonic
knowledge and to witness colourful Scottish Rite 'degrees' which are dramatic
presentations portraying the philosophy of Freemasonry.
Scottish Rite (ritual) delves further into Masonic teachings and is meant to
provide more insight into living a more meaningful way of life for a Master
Mason and his family. It also includes enjoying the friendships and association
with a larger and wider cross-section of like-minded men and their families.
Canada the Scottish Rite, through their Scottish Rite Charitable Foundation,
provides generous research grants and bursaries toward the finding of causes,
prevention and treatment of all forms of dementia and mental incapacities
including Alzheimer's Disease.
York Rite gives an elaboration on the teachings of the Masonic Lodge. This Rite
is divided into several bodies including the Holy Royal Arch, and the Preceptory.
Holy Royal Arch
your journey through the three degrees of Masonry, you would have learned the
proficiency lecture for each degree.
Many questions would have arisen concerning the meaning of the
ceremonies, the historical implications and the 'why' of the legends of
Freemasonry. Most students of Freemasonry agree that the story of the Craft as
presented in the three degrees is incomplete and that the degrees offered in the
Holy Royal Arch of the York Rite of Freemasonry complete the story and answer
many of the questions in the mind of the newly made Master Mason.
the Holy Royal Arch of Jerusalem is found the essentials of symbolism and
philosophy necessary for a Master Mason to understand that which he has
Shriners are known for their colourful parades, circuses and clowns. But there
is also a serious side to this international fraternity of approximately 500,000
men belonging to 191 Shrine Centres, throughout North America. For over 80
years, the Shrine has operated a network of specialized hospitals that treat
children with orthopaedic problems, burns and spinal cord injuries, up to their
18th birthday, at no cost to them.
Shrine was founded in 1872 by a group of 13 men belonging to the Masonic Order.
It was originally established to provide fun and fellowship for its members.
But as the organization grew, its members decided to dedicate their
efforts to helping others by establishing an official Shrine philanthropy - a
network of 22 specialized hospitals that have provided expert medical care to
more than 600,000 children.
the first Shriners' Hospital opened in 1922, the Shrine has supported what has
come to be known as:
"World's Greatest Philanthropy".
best-known symbol of Shrinedom is the distinctive red Fez that Shriners wear at
official functions. Because Shriners are men who enjoy life, fun is a large part
of the Shrine and the activities that help support the Shrine's philanthropy.
Most Shrine Centres sponsor Shrine clubs and special units, such as the motor
corps, band or clown units and many other units of interest.
They share in the camaraderie, deep friendships and good fellowship that
are all part of being a Mason and a Shriner.
Knights Templar is an Order formed in 1118. Their mission was to protect
travelers on the roads to the Holy Land. In short order the Templars
blossomed to a very large organization.
mission today is to enhance the Masonic virtues of faith, hope and charity,
supported by wisdom, strength and beauty, adding the chivalric principles of the
Crusades of honour, duty and courage, so that the results will be in harmony
with our Masonic beliefs.
Other Family Members
Masonic Family also includes many bodies where other family members can
participate, such as:
The Order of the Eastern Star
The Daughters of the Nile
Ladies of the Oriental Shrine
young men, The Order of DeMolay, For young ladies, The International Order's of
Rainbow for Girls, and Job's Daughters.
of these Orders are based on the Masonic themes expressed in this brochure.
offers much to oneself –
the opportunity to improve and make a difference, and to help build a better
world for all mankind. It offers the chance for fellowship and to work with men
who have similar values and ideals.
easy to find out more. If you know a Mason, ask him. Otherwise contact:
Grand Lodge Office
King Street West
Ontario. L8P IB4.
Telephone (905) 528-8644.
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you ever considered becoming a Mason? We'd like a chance to talk with you.
TO BE ONE – ASK ONE